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UK Electronic Communications Code to become law on 28 December

Fri, 12/15/2017 - 16:09
A new Electronic Communications Code setting out rights and obligations regarding the deployment and maintenance of mobile phone masts and other telecoms infrastructure will become law in the UK on 28 December.
Categories: Cyber Risk News

Law reform body seeks to update defamation laws in Scotland

Thu, 12/14/2017 - 15:59
Defamation laws in Scotland would become more closely aligned with those in England and Wales under proposals from the Scottish Law Commission.
Categories: Cyber Risk News

UK government called on to shift liability for illegal online content to social media companies

Wed, 12/13/2017 - 17:26
The UK government has been urged to change the law to shift the balance of liability for illegal content online towards social media companies.
Categories: Cyber Risk News

Watchdog outlines long term vision for a single digital regulator in Europe

Tue, 12/12/2017 - 12:01
A single body could be responsible for the regulation of data protection, consumer protection and competition law issues in digital markets in future, the European data protection supervisor has said.
Categories: Cyber Risk News

UK regulator scrutinises the way ISPs manage network traffic

Mon, 12/11/2017 - 10:30
The UK's telecoms regulator has opened a new "enforcement programme" to formally monitor the way in which internet service providers (ISPs) manage the flow of data over their networks.
Categories: Cyber Risk News

Action Fraud hotline launch reinforces need for businesses to put cyber response plan in place, says expert

Mon, 12/11/2017 - 09:39
ANALYSIS: Cyber fraud is one of the biggest commercial and legal threats faced by businesses in the world, so it is no surprise to see UK police division Action Fraud launch a 24/7 helpline to combat cyber fraud attacks against businesses, charities and organisations.
Categories: Cyber Risk News

European Commission intervenes in US dispute with Microsoft over access to data stored in Ireland

Fri, 12/08/2017 - 15:07
The European Commission has intervened in a long-running legal dispute between the US government and Microsoft over the rights of US law enforcement agencies to access data on technology companies' customers held on servers overseas under US law.
Categories: Cyber Risk News

Smart construction and technology could save £15bn a year, says UK government

Fri, 12/08/2017 - 10:34
A three-point plan to improve UK infrastructure delivery could generate savings of £15 billion a year, the government has claimed.
Categories: Cyber Risk News

Apple wins trade mark battle over Chinese rival's 'Mi Pad'

Wed, 12/06/2017 - 14:03
A Chinese electronics company has lost a bid to register the name 'Mi Pad' as an EU trade mark for its tablet computers following opposition by Apple.
Categories: Cyber Risk News

Copyright-protected works will not be subject to new EU rules on 'geo-blocking'

Mon, 12/04/2017 - 15:57
Online service providers in the EU will not face new obligations to make their copyrighted content available to customers to access when they are visiting other EU countries after proposed new EU laws were watered down.
Categories: Cyber Risk News

UK admits that Investigatory Powers Act needs updated to comply with EU law

Fri, 12/01/2017 - 16:54
The Investigatory Powers Act needs to be updated if it is to comply with EU law, the UK government has admitted.
Categories: Cyber Risk News

Retailers and logistics companies could be considered as intermediaries in IP rights infringements, says European Commission

Fri, 12/01/2017 - 12:18
It is open to rights holders under EU law to pursue retailers and logistics companies as intermediaries in the infringement of their intellectual property (IP) rights, the European Commission has said.
Categories: Cyber Risk News

UK government review seeks to spur industry investment in future telecoms infrastructure

Fri, 12/01/2017 - 09:37
A new review will be conducted by the UK government in a bid to spur greater investment from telecoms companies into new telecoms infrastructure, such as 'full fibre' and '5G' networks.
Categories: Cyber Risk News

UK regulator warns of enforcement action against secondary ticketing sites

Thu, 11/30/2017 - 14:33
A number of websites that facilitate the second-hand sale of tickets have been told to improve their practices by a UK regulator after it raised concerns about their compliance with consumer protection law.
Categories: Cyber Risk News

UK government extends 'G-Cloud 9' framework for public sector cloud services procurement until May 2019

Thu, 11/30/2017 - 12:28
The UK government has promised major changes to the way public sector bodies procure cloud-based IT services after it extended the term for the current iteration of its 'G-Cloud' framework by as much as a year.
Categories: Cyber Risk News

Australia to legislate to open up access to consumer data across sectors

Thu, 11/30/2017 - 11:47
Consumers in Australia will be able to share data held by their bank, energy company or telecoms provider with other businesses more easily under new laws to be introduced in the country.
Categories: Cyber Risk News

EU policymakers miss chance to clarify principles around the licensing of standard-essential patents, says expert

Thu, 11/30/2017 - 09:52
ANALYSIS: The European Commission has missed an opportunity to provide greater clarity to technology companies over the approach they should follow when licensing standard-essential patents (SEPs).
Categories: Cyber Risk News

Sector deals for automotive, construction, life sciences and AI at the heart of new UK industrial strategy

Mon, 11/27/2017 - 15:45
Special support has been outlined for businesses in the automotive, construction, life sciences and artificial intelligence (AI) industries operating in the UK.
Categories: Cyber Risk News

Budget 2017: Tax litigation and investigations

Fri, 11/24/2017 - 12:52
ANALYSIS: Although the UK Budget announced 18 new measures in relation to tax disputes and investigations, they were not all new. The most significant proposals include a new 12 year assessment time limit for offshore matters and measures to tackle VAT evasion by sellers on online marketplaces.
Categories: Cyber Risk News

UK authorities notified of Uber data breach 'by the media', says minister

Thu, 11/23/2017 - 16:36
Uber did not tell UK authorities about the data breach it has experienced prior to going public about the incident, the UK's digital minister has said.
Categories: Cyber Risk News